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Enjoy the view of the orchards
Cosy up in front of the woodburner effect fire
Perfect spot to relax
Lovingly refurbished interior
Kitchen
Dining area leading onto veranda
Double bedroom
Quirky features
Shower room
Tastefully decorated
Help yourself to seasonal vegetables
Lovingly restored former showman's carriage in idyllic location
Quiet location in pretty gardens
Quiet rural location
View from the property
The Hub - onsite cafe
The Hub - onsite cafe
Steam train nearby
Enjoy the changing seasons overlooking the orchard
1 / 19  Enjoy the view of the orchards
2 / 19  Cosy up in front of the woodburner effect fire
3 / 19  Perfect spot to relax
4 / 19  Lovingly refurbished interior
5 / 19  Kitchen
6 / 19  Dining area leading onto veranda
7 / 19  Double bedroom
8 / 19  Quirky features
9 / 19  Shower room
10 / 19  Tastefully decorated
11 / 19  Help yourself to seasonal vegetables
12 / 19  Lovingly restored former showman's carriage in idyllic location
13 / 19  Quiet location in pretty gardens
14 / 19  Quiet rural location
15 / 19  View from the property
16 / 19  The Hub - onsite cafe
17 / 19  The Hub - onsite cafe
18 / 19  Steam train nearby
19 / 19  Enjoy the changing seasons overlooking the orchard

The Sir Paul Gooderham

Bodiam, Sussex
Sleeps 2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms 1
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 2
4 star
Downstairs bedroom
Downstairs bathroom
Complex of properties
Working farm
Pub nearby
Shop nearby
Fishing onsite / nearby
Romantic
Quirky
Glamping
Towels included
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At a glance

  • Showman’s carriage in idyllic rural location on a working farm
  • Large decked area for al fresco dining with views across to Bodiam Castle
  • Countryside walks on the doorstep
Property code: BT097

This lovingly refurbished showman’s carriage presents quirky accommodation in a stunning countryside setting, perfect for celebrating a special occasion with a loved one or a romantic getaway for two.

This beautifully restored showman’s carriage is situated in close proximity to Bodiam Castle, with its imposing walls, wooden portcullis and surrounding moat, as well as extensive gardens. This really is a very special place to stay and is just a few minutes from one of the vintage steam trains which run the approximately ten-mile journey through the Sussex and Kent countryside. Hop on board and take a trip to the small town of Tenterden where you will find an array of shops as well as a brewery and a winery. There is also a lovely pub within a fifteen-minute walk of the property, where you can enjoy a pint or glass of wine.

This lovingly renovated showman’s carriage has retained many of its original features, including the etched windows, oak interior and hand-painted bed, but there are many modern creature comforts to enjoy as well. The cosy lounge area is open plan and features a woodburner effect gas fire, sofa, small dining table and even a TV. The compact but well appointed kitchen contains a hob, microwave, fridge and sink, whilst at the opposite end of the carriage you can find the romantic bedroom with double bed and second TV. Beyond the bedroom, a door leads to the “snug” which has a second gas stove. In winter enjoy cosying up around the fire and in the summer, throw open the floor to ceiling windows and enjoy the panoramic views of Bodiam Castle whilst basking in the sun. Continue through the carriage to the “Moulin Rouge” shower room, which has a light and airy feel to it.

The outside of the property comprises a secluded covered veranda, garden furniture and views to the castle and across the valley. There is parking available.

There are four other similar properties on the same site, The Prince Regent, The Lady Stella, Goldings Lodge and Lady  Jane.

 

  • One double bedroom
  • Well behaved dogs welcome 
  • Parking available 
  • Wood burner effect gas fire 
  • TV/DVD 
  • Garden furniture 
  • Use of own BBQ allowed 
  • Regret no smoking
  • Regret no children. Babes in arms welcome - please note limited space for travel cot 
  • Washing machine and tumble dryer available in separate shared laundry room
  • Please note that the fridge is very small with limited storage
  • Café/farm shop on-site ''The Hub'' offering Wi-Fi (at The Hub only not inside the property), water sports, a beauty salon and many other facilities
  • Arrival: 15:00 onwards
  • Departure: before 10:00 unless otherwise stated in your arrival details
  • 2 dogs allowed. Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week

Jackie Hammond

This property is personally managed by Jackie.

Reviews

From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 30 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Peter 10th June 2022

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Lovely location .Spotlessly clean .Great for the dogs. Would book again

Reviewed by Mary 6th June 2022

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Reviewed by Philip 20th May 2022

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We had a lovely time, it was a great location with excellent views lots of Birds and the odd Dear wondering by, the marsh Frog was very vocal and a delightful background noise, the steam train was a short walk away and well worth a trip, so was a visit to the Hub / excellent Pizza, Lots of national Trust places and English Heretage castles to see Read morealtogether a great holiday and yes we will be back. Hide

Reviewed by Yvonne 14th May 2022

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Brilliant Showmans caravan with fantastic views! Everything we needed was provided for. The little touches especially for the dog were lovely. Thought the shower worked brilliantly, plenty of hot water. In an excellent location, with lovely walks among the apple trees and different plants. The Hub being nearby provided a great coffee. We will definRead moreitely be making a return visit. Hide

Reviewed by Gary 6th May 2022

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Wonderful conversion of showmans caravan,comfortable and lovely location.Owner John very helpful,will definitely return.

Reviewed by Fiona 2nd May 2022

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We enjoyed our stay despite initial problems with heating & plumbing. Difficult to contact owner as phone signal poor, but he came out to fix issues & was friendly. There was a promise of a gift, locally made cider, thats no longer available, but still mentioned in welcome info. The bedding was disappointing, flimsy duvet and no blankets so chilly,Read more &only 1 pillow per guest. A great shower & plenty of space for 2 with comfy seating in beautiful quiet location. Lots to do on doorstep Hide

Reviewed by John 8th October 2021

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Great location for seeing parts of Kent and East Sussex . Could not better for those who love walking. Dogs love it as it situated by open fields and staying in a Showmans Van is different. Great fun.

Reviewed by Chris 25th September 2021

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The Sir Paul Gooderham was very quirky but very comfortable located in a quite location with a great view over the Rother valley in East Sussex , with a great view of Bodium castle which was was in walking distance. The whole idea was brilliant and the it was very cosy and comfortable. With a cafe just a short walk away made the whole experience reRead moreally good would recommend this for short break to explore the East Sussex and Kent countryside. Hide

Reviewed by Margaret 20th September 2021

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Reviewed by Chris 3rd September 2021

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Reviewed by Julie 27th August 2021

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Excellent accommodation, cosy and comfortable. The relaxed atmosphere is helped by being able to sit out on the veranda. The property is In a great location with lots of walks nearby, our 2 dogs had a wonderful time exploring the forests and swimming in the sea at Camber Sands. One downside there is no cooker in the property, theres a hob and microRead morewave but if you want to cook pizza or flatbread you cant! Hide

Reviewed by graham 13th August 2021

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A beautiful, romantic and relaxing cottage surrounded by the gorgeous English countryside. A friendly welcome by all at the site. Saving up to go again next year

Reviewed by Jennifer 17th July 2021

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A unique and beautifully decorated property . Very comfortable , with fantastic views . We loved sitting out on the veranda enjoying the surroundings .

Reviewed by Sue 2nd July 2021

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Reviewed by Allan 27th June 2021

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Reviewed by Gill 15th June 2021

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A charming and comfortable place to stay. Everything had been kept in keeping with the Showman's carriage style right down to crockery and decor. Excellent facilities , shower was amazing! On site cafe The Hub was great.

Reviewed by Paul 11th June 2021

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Reviewed by Trevor 7th June 2021

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Reviewed by Kevin 28th May 2021

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lovely views , friendly owner . great cider .

Reviewed by Diane 23rd May 2021

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The positive - location, good hot water, bathroom, towels, outside sitting area - however the kitchen facilities are minimal, short of sharp knives, 1 tea towel, poor instructions for heating (on a torn scrap of paper), bed very firm, and only one pillow, no blankets. The worse thing was that no one came as we were informed they would, and no one rRead moreesponded to phone messages and texts when heating wouldn't work, eventually got hold of a man who was churlish and advised to keep heating turned up! Hide

Reviewed by Paul 17th May 2021

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It was lovely, brilliant. Great location. Lovely walks (to the pub, castle). Welcome pack, including tea / coffee / cider, and for dog too!. Hope to return...in better weather...as not usual weather for Sussex this time of year!

Reviewed by Anita 14th May 2021

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Reviewed by Patrick 12th April 2021

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Lovely stay! The cabin has been really nice done, it feels like stepping back in time. The view from the patio was picturesque - over the orchard and down to Bodiam castle. Perfect spot for breakfast. Easy to reach lots of countryside walks and day trips to the coast, as well as some cute market towns and villages. The Hub does a great breakfast toRead moreo - a good option for the morning you check out! Hide

Reviewed by Lynn 18th October 2020

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Reviewed by Lin 13th October 2020

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Booked for 3 nights, accommodation beautiful and unusual. Lovely views over orchards and Bodiam Castle. Ideal for dog lovers, plentiful walks on the farm and nearby footpaths. I hope to return when the weather might be better!

Reviewed by Vincent 13th September 2020

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Cleanliness and location couldn't be faulted. John the site manager was very helpful. Unfortunately, there were issues with the gas boiler over our stay which meant the hot water kept cutting off. It was fully booked so had no other choice of accommodation, but we got by with boiling a kettle to wash when the shower was cold. That aside, the Sir PaRead moreul was lovely and quirky, if a little more rustic than we were expecting! John gave us some bottles of his cider to take home for the inconvenience. Hide

Reviewed by Peter 31st July 2020

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Reviewed by Kevin 24th July 2020

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Reviewed by Janet 20th July 2020

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Quirky property in a beautiful quiet location. Plenty of room and equipment for two. Excellent shower, towels and bedding. WiFi, drinks and snacks available at The Hub 5 minutes walk away. Good position for walks, coast or sightseeing.

Reviewed by Heather 10th July 2020

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Enjoy the view of the orchards
Cosy up in front of the woodburner effect fire
Perfect spot to relax
Lovingly refurbished interior
Kitchen
Dining area leading onto veranda
Double bedroom
Quirky features
Shower room
Tastefully decorated
Help yourself to seasonal vegetables
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Location

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